The Emperor's Royal Guard, sometimes referred to as the Axis Royal Guard or Axis Grand Guard, was an elite unit of the Axis of Empires's armed forces tasked with the protection of Emperor Palpatine and other high ranking Axis Leaders, although, it should be noted that The Pure Emperor does have a detachment of Royal Guards, he, however, have his own Guards that he uses. The exact number of Royal Guardsmen serving the Axis was unknown, with speculations ranging from less than fifty to tens of thousands, although their numbers were estimated to be at least four hundred at any one point. The Royal Guard was based out of the Imperial Royal Guard Academy on Yinchorr, a barren planet rendered lifeless by genocidal airstrikes by the Empire. Candidates for tutelage under the Academy, picked from various units in the Imperial Military, underwent rigorous training programs designed to build a sense of extreme loyalty to the Emperor and the Axis, with students often being forced to kill each other in live combat. Guardsmen were trained in various forms of martial arts, including Echani. Guardsmen were commonly equipped with vibroswords and force pikes, in addition to pistols for ranged combat.